The Devil's Highway

Available in hardcover, paperback,

for your e-reader, your Kindle,

and as an audiobook, read by Luis

Finalist, 2005 Pulizer Prize finalist in non-fiction

Winner Lannan Literary Award

In May 2001, a group of men attempted to cross the border into the desert of southern Arizona, through the deadliest region of the continent, a place called the Devil's Highway. Fathers and sons, brothers and strangers, entered a desert so harsh and desolate that even the Border Patrol is afraid to travel through it. Twelve came back out.

Now, Luis Alberto Urrea tells the story of this modern odyssey. He takes us back to the small towns and unpaved cities south of the border, where the poor fall prey to dreams of a better life and the sinister promises of smugglers. We meet the men who will decide to make the crossing along the Devil's Highway and, on the other side of the border, the men who are ready to prevent them from reaching their destination. Urrea reveals exactly what happened when the twenty-six headed into the wasteland, and how they were brutally betrayed by the one man they had trusted most. And from that betrayal came the inferno, a descent into a world of cactus spines, labyrinths of sand, mountains shaped like the teeth of a shark, and a screaming sun so intense that even at midnight the temperature only drops to 97 degrees. And yet, the men would not give up. The Devil's Highway is a story of astonishing courage and strength, of an epic battle against circumstance. These twenty-six men would look the Devil in the eyes - and some of them would not blink.

 

From Luis

About The Devil's Highway

My heavy metal album.

I like it that the gorgeous cover looks like a Pink Floyd record.

Almost won the Pulitzer.

It weighs heavy on my heart.

Almost impossible to discuss it anymore.

The ghosts of the forgotten enter the room sometimes.

The book has made me many friends—some enemies.

Border Patrol agents sometimes give me gifts.

We all want a fair shake.

We all need a witness.

WWJD: Who Would Jesus Deport?

Book club members have been some of my most enthusiastic and careful readers. I’m thrilled to share my work with you, answer your questions and tell you some of the stories behind the stories. This is our spot, just for us. Here, we can chat:  If I’m nearby, I’ll come and visit your club. Otherwise, we can Skype, talk over the phone or email. Sometimes, I’ll send surprises or hold contests.

Tell us all about your book club!
Type the characters you see in this picture. (verify using audio)
Type the characters you see in the picture above; if you can't read them, submit the form and a new image will be generated. Not case sensitive.

upcoming events

Mission Creek Festival
Mission Creek Festival Apr 1st Iowa City, IA

Book release party to celebrate The Water Museum AND The Tijuana Book of the Dead! Details to come!

Iowa City, IA
Apr 1st
2015
AWP
AWP Apr 8th to Apr 10th Minneapolis, MN

Panels. Details here. 

Minneapolis, MN
Apr 8th to Apr 10th
2015
Notre Dame University
Notre Dame University Apr 23rd 4 p.m. Notre Dame, IN

Lecture and book signing sponsored by the Inter-University Program for Latino Research. Details here

Notre Dame, IN
Apr 23rd
2015
4 p.m.
Hood River Reads
Hood River Reads Apr 24th to Apr 27th Hood River, OR

Excited to visit with the wonderful community of Hood River where they are reading Into the Beautiful North! Details here.

Hood River, OR
Apr 24th to Apr 27th
2015
826 Boston
826 Boston May 5th Boston, MA

Gonna keynote the fundraiser! Can't wait! Will be a Cinco de Mayo to remember. Details to come.

Boston, MA
May 5th
2015